Writing Without Distractions With Free Software

  • Episode 265
  • October 16, 2012

Robbie and Christa demonstrate FocusWriter, a free piece of software to help you avoid distractions such as social media or instant messengers while you write your novel.

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Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • The new business cards.
  • {play 4:31}Viewer Postcards
  • {play 7:53}Prize Giveaway: Thermaltake Ladon Gaming Mouse Pad
  • {play 11:07}Viewer Questions
  • Viewer Question: I'm trying to install ZoneMinder CCTV software on Zorin OS but it is not a .DEB file, it's just a bunch of files. How do I install it?
    • Installing ZoneMinder using Synaptic Package Manager.
  • Viewer Question: I tried to setup a headless VirtualBox system using your tutorial on Episode 230, but I cannot get vboxweb-service to start. What am I doing wrong?
  • Viewer Comment: I just watched one of your episodes where you spoke about solid state drives, and happened upon this product in one of our supplier's catalogues:
  • Viewer Question: Thank you for your very detailed demonstration of Telestream Wirecast. Based on this, I am convinced that Wirecast is what we want to use at the school where I manage the web site and audio/video services. Do you have a list of what hardware I'll need to run Wirecast properly?
  • Viewer Question: my.pogoplug.com isn't working for me. Is it working for you?
  • Viewer Question: What prevents Linux from becoming more popular than Windows?
    • New Word: Linuxcentricness: any atmosphere where users of Linux share their love for Linux.
  • Viewer Question: Why is Category5 on Tuesday nights? The live show happens at 3am here in Bulgaria so it's tough to catch live. Can you move it to Friday or Saturday?
  • How to ensure the "gravy guy" gets a tip back in the kitchen.
  • {play 32:27}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
  • {play 42:29}Prize Giveaway: TT eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag.
  • {play 44:39}Feature: Continuing our series Publish Your Own Novel Using Free Software: Writing without distractions using the free FocusWriter application, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
    • Obtaining FocusWriter for Windows, Mac or Linux. On Ubuntu-based Linux, we'll use a PPA.
    • Viewer Question: Is FocusWriter Microsoft Word compatible?
    • Loading and using FocusWriter to write your book.
    • Using the "Focused Text" feature to make FocusWriter dim out text you'd already written.
    • Using the word count and daily goal to challenge yourself to write more each day.
    • Using the built-in Timers to remind yourself when it's time to stop writing, or whatever you like.
    • Saving your book as an ODT file from within FocusWriter.
    • Viewer Question: Does FocusWriter auto-save your writing?

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells


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